Life’s Cadenza

Life’s Cadenza My sense of finality has but suddenly changed As your eyes, they went from yellow to grey The meaning of death of which I formerly knew Became a philosophical struggle which I must now fight through For a mind like mine that thinks in black and white Mortality is a struggle, I can’t fathom, not quite For grammatical rules seem not to explain The truth... Read More


psychoanalysis   thoughts i burrow six feet under come out of their crypts in freudian slips By Myra Aquino  Read More

Patient Teachers

Patient Teachers They waited Silently, without complaint, standing in crowded halls, sitting in uncomfortable chairs, straining to hear their names, waiting for us, their students. Waiting to teach us collaboration. to meet our needs, their needs. For us, to learn about care and caring. For them, to be cared for, cared about. Our patients. Grateful to us for giving care and caring... Read More

Morning Rounds

Morning Rounds “Good morning,” I said. “Come closer,” she asked. I usually did not, could not, standing in the doorway. “Do you need anything?”, I asked. “Come closer,” she said. I am close, I thought. The room was small, filled by her bed. I moved closer, foreseeing her death, which I could not prevent. “I like it when you are close”. I moved even closer, reaching... Read More


THE LISTENING ART They asked the right questions, As they had been taught. Her body examined Omissions were naught. “Left side facing down, Chest over the side, A deep breath, breathe out” No strange sounds to hide. “Well, what did you hear?” I asked them in turn. “A rumble, a snap” and rales to discern. “What else did you hear?” I asked them... Read More

Fan Ye Fan

Fan Ye Fan By Alexander Kaplan   the child born in the East discovered by a lone wise man he brings not gold nor frankincense nor myrrh for gold softens, frankincense and myrrh combust what he offers is too vast to bring   manchurian girl, born of horse and grass finds herself strapped to a strange man’s chest expressing a jumbled language through olive eyes Extraordinary   the... Read More


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behind these walls

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in the middle

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